In this feed I will share interesting news, articles, books and video's about UI, UX, web design, Design Systems, Drupal, new media and technology.

An extensive list of SVG background pattern generators. 

Posted on 23 March 2023

Great set of easy to follow visual design rules by Anthony Hobday for designers and non designers to improve their designs. 

Posted on 10 February 2023
Posted on 6 February 2023

Robin Rendle demonstrates how new CSS functions make typography hacks a thing of the past.

Posted on 27 January 2023

Extensive collection of logo's which can be used for inspiration.

Posted on 27 January 2023

Article from the Washington Post about scientific research suggesting your biggest meal should be breakfast followed by a moderate lunch and a small dinner. 

Posted on 21 January 2023

This handy tool MuscleWiki let's you pick a muscle group you want to train and gives you fitting exercises.

Posted on 12 January 2023
Posted on 5 January 2023

A cautionary tale on how you should not rely on browsers to always provide usable native elements. In this example it's about the way Safari renders the Date element and how to fix it.

Posted on 2 January 2023

Tutorial on how to create a cool skewed highlight effect behind text. 

Posted on 30 December 2022

Cool CSS experiments regarding layering, filtering and masking by Jeff Zych.

Posted on 21 November 2022

Chris Coyer celebrates the demise of proprietary syndication formats such as Google's AMP or Facebook's Instant articles forcing publishers to jump through hoops. What still remains? Plain old HTML. 

Posted on 26 October 2022

Lucide: a clean looking set of open source line icons.

Posted on 25 October 2022

When do you use a link and when do you create a button? Normally a link points you to a new place and a button submits a form. But it's not always that obvious as Killian Valkhof explains in this blog.

Posted on 10 October 2022

Scott VandeHey displays a collection of inspiring demo's to showcase the power of CSS blend modes. I'm especially intrigued by the halftone filter which can give images comic book feel.

Posted on 7 October 2022

First batch of color fonts released on Google Fonts. Not widely supported yet, but a good first step in a more colorful web.

See the fonts in action by going over to Google Fonts and ticking the 'Show only color fonts' box.

Posted on 6 October 2022

Extensive guide by Andy Chan on all the skills you need in order to become a self-taught UI/UX designer.

Posted on 5 October 2022

CSS Doodle is a JavaScript library which enables you to create patterns and illustrations based on CSS.

A good alternative for (big) images and video's reducing the CO2 footprint of a website.

Posted on 4 October 2022

Matthias Ott confirms in this blog post what I've been thinking about a lot lately: HTML/CSS prototypes are the best way to design. Figma, Penpot and Adobe XD are nice but nothing beats a 'shitty' prototype in HTML/CSS when it comes to interactivity and responsiveness.

Posted on 3 October 2022

Interesting discussion happening in this Hacker News post about the scalability of Penpot, the open source Figma alternative. Even the CEO of Penpot chimes in with some reassuring comments.

Posted on 30 September 2022

Very cool CSS-only technique using blend modes to creating a hologram effect on images.

Posted on 8 July 2022

An interessting technique which uses system fonts instead of external webfonts.

The advantages:
- Fonts are directly loaded so quicker and more sustainable
- Uniform user experience as the font is similar to font used by the device
- System fonts have a broad range of style and unicode compared to webfonts

Posted on 23 June 2022

SVG illustrations have the future. They are the lightweight (less KB) alternative to images and videos meaning they will load quicker and waste less bandwidth making them more sustainable. You can also do very cool things with them as portrayed by Smashing Magazine.

Posted on 31 May 2022

Is Google dying? According to dkb.io it is. Because of Ads (increasingly more) and SEO (quality of SERP deteriorates). People are adding reddit to their search to get more 'human' results. I caught myself doing this as well lately.

Posted on 25 May 2022

What needs to be in your Design System? Brad Frost argues that a Design System is meant for User Interfaces. If we're talking about branding, tone of voice, content, performance, persona's etc. it only gets a place in a Design System as it pertains to User Interfaces.

Posted on 23 May 2022

Figma is not your Design System, according to Robin Rendle. The front-end is your source of truth. And I have to  agree. Nothing works better than just building components in HTML/CSS giving the best insight in how components will eventually work in the wild.

Posted on 21 May 2022

Want to remember what you learned while reading? The moment you close a book most of the learned knowledge is gone. Not if you use Readwise. It will send you a daily digest with of all the highlights you've made.  Easily worth the $4.49 a month.

Posted on 13 May 2022

Nathan Baschez makes an observation about how (web) design is evolving from using photo's to illustrations. High quality photo's are (now) cheap where creating costly custom illustrations/animations signals the organisation is wealthy and fit to survive.

Posted on 12 May 2022

"Quirky and minimalist interfaces don’t make users feel awesome — obvious, inclusive, and robust interfaces do." Adam Silver in Form Design Patterns

Posted on 11 May 2022

The Future of (web) fonts? Google just released Roboto Flex, a customizable web font. There are 12 different ways to tweak it, like thickness, stroke width and case heights. Try it out.

Posted on 10 May 2022

Do you really need to show a progress indicator above your form? Maybe not as GOV.UK found out when omitting it didn't result in any chance concerning completion rate and time.

Posted on 9 May 2022

The next big thing in web design will be sustainable websites. If you want to dive in right now read Sustainable Web Design by Tom Greenwood.

Posted on 7 May 2022

What is the best font for online reading? Unfortunately no definitive answer but still, some great new insights worth checking out.

Posted on 6 May 2022

Every designer should read 'Ruined by Design' by Mike Monteiro. It explains how we, designers, have to question everything we (are asked to) design.

Posted on 5 May 2022